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The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) campaign titled Carbon monoxide alarms: Tenants safe and secure in their homes is looking to improving current regulations for rented properties and make it compulsory to fit carbon monoxide alarms.
Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, is backing a report by the APPCOG that proposes landlords must provide a CO alarm in properties containing any fuel burning appliance, as opposed to just solid fuel appliances.
The APPCOG writes: “This report has never been of greater significance, both in light of the Government’s White Paper and following the recent tragic Grenfell Tower fire, which have highlighted the need for a fundamental review of health and safety regulations to protect tenants in England.”
The Government has also announced their consultation on the reviews by the DCLG.
Click here to see the APPCOG website.
Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield and Parliamentary Officier and Co-Chair of the APPCOG said: “Housing regulations have become a pressing issue with pressures on housing market provision, more people moving into the rental market, and the population growing, we have to make sure that people are safe and secure in every home from CO.”
In 2004, one of his Sheerman’s constituent’s lost her son to CO poisoning and as a result she set up the Dominic Rodgers Trust. Since then, Barry has worked closely with the Trust and the APPCOG to help raise awareness, push for greater Parliamentary action and bring together Parliament, business, gas experts and many others to tackle this issue.
It is currently compulsory for all Landlords in Scotland to fit CO alarms but not in England and Wales where it is estimated 1.6 million rental homes could be at risk fro carbon monoxide poisoning.
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